Queensland's Gold Coast is a favourite place of actor Aaron Jeffery and as luck would have it, he is spending a lot of time there lately ... and being paid for it!
Aaron, along with fellow actors Frankie J Holden, Vanessa Gray and Simone McAullay, is starring in the new Nine Network series The Strip. They form a criminal investigation squad exposing organised crime amid the glitz and sleaze of the Gold Coast's glittering strip.
The offices of Main Beach CIB are in the heart of The Strip. The elite squad investigates major crime and homicide, headed by Inspector Max Nelson, played by Frankie J Holden.
Nelson is cautious about Aaron's character, Detective Jack Cross, a newcomer from the south. Cross comes with a reputation gained from working on Melbourne crime and wonders if he will adapt to the laidback Gold Coast.
In real life, Aaron has adapted well to life on the Gold Coast and knows the area from Coolangatta to Runaway Bay, from Miami to the Sovereign Islands very well. He reckons the best way to get around is by scooter. They're easy to park, take advantage of the good weather and are cheap on petrol.
Of course, the beach is the centre of most activities and Aaron is there pretty well every day, whether filming or not. He loves it that even in winter, T-shirts and singlets and shorts are the go. He's come to know a lot of locals, including the police, who may have given him a few tips on how things work here.
Aaron and his on-screen partner Vanessa Gray hopped on a Harley and headed to Mt Tamborine, 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise. A couple of years ago, Aaron discovered a great bar/restaurant called Will's Place, run, believe it or not, by Will Scarlet, a blues singer-songwriter. Each week Will's Place prides itself on featuring the best in local, interstate and international recording artists in an atmosphere that is warm, friendly, comfortable and inviting.
A selective menu with an extensive wine list and cocktails from the well-stocked licensed bar add to an evening that promises the best night out in the Gold Coast hinterlands, surrounded by the rich rainforest, beside a clear running creek.
Will's Place offers a dinner and show package with overnight or weekend accommodation.
Jon and Lynette Quinn opened Fudge Heaven five years ago. They offer 35 flavours of fudge, including chocolate, choc-mint, cherry ripe, lemon meringue and Turkish delight.
Their trademark is the adults-only fudge, made with real alcohol. Cowboy Fudge is made with butterscotch schnapps and Baileys, there's Tia Maria, Kahlua, chocolate rum and raisin and lots of Baileys flavours.
You can try before you buy. The fudge is made on-site and while Lynette says what makes their fudge so special is a secret, you can taste real cream and butter.
Queensland's Gold Coast.
Scoot 'n' Toot 50cc scooters start at $50 for a minimum two hours, $70 all-day hire, $85 24-hour hire, $150 for three days and so on; 125-500cc scooters are $60-85 for a minimum of two hours, $80-125 all day hire, $95 for 15-24 hours, $170-315 for three days, etc.
Hire of a Harley Davidson, Buell, Ducati, Triumph, Kawasaki or Hunter Spyder motorcycle costs $115-185 for a minimum of four hours, $140 all day, $165-265 for 24 hours, etc. Helmet, leather jacket and gloves, backpack, maps, locks and insurance are included.
They offer free customer pick-up service from your hotel in their air-conditioned van.
Prices correct at September 11, 2008.
For further information
Scoot 'n' Toot
2176 Gold Coast Highway
Ph: (07) 5572 7870
Fax: (07) 5572 5787
1/5 Eagle Heights Road
North Tamborine 4271
Ph: (07) 5545 1099
134 Long Road
Eagle Heights 4272
Ph: (07) 5545 1074
The Strip is screened on the Nine Network on Thursdays at 8.30pm, right after Getaway.
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